Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: Ruby Red

This book counts towards the Debut challenge.

Gwyneth is one of the normal members of the family.  The time-travelling gene skipped her and landed on Charlotte instead.  Not that Gwen really minds; she's fine having a normal life and watching movies and doing other normal things with her best friend Lesley, instead of taking riding and fencing lessons like Charlotte.

But when Gwen involuntarily time-travels on her sixteenth birthday, her entire eccentric family is startled and horrified to find that Gwen is the Ruby, the twelfth time-traveller.  Too bad Gwen was never trained for any of it, and is totally unprepared to deal with time traveling...


It was an interesting premise, but it didn't hold my interest all that well.  In the end I finished it having liked it but not loved it.  I suppose what I didn't like about it was that it was so bland - definitely a vanilla-flavored book, not particularly memorable at all.  Which is too bad, given the great premise.  So, in the end, I felt neutral about it.


Although I predicted the twist of the ending, it was a unique and entertaining plot.  The time-travel element seemed fairly well-thought out and plausible.  I only wish that a few more questions had been answered in this first book - there's quite a lot of plot threads left dangling until the sequel.


Gwen was alright, albeit a little bland.  Really, none of the characters stood out as particularly good or bad to me.


Fairly well-written, although at times the vocabulary and sentence structure and such seemed kind of immature.  But given that the narrator was sixteen, I guess that makes sense.  So, it was fairly well-written.

End Result: three stars.  A decent book, but not amazingly excellent.

1 comment:

  1. I got the same impression, and I only got through the first couple chapters :( I want to give it the benifit of the doubt - maybe the translation from another language didn't do it justice - but it's still not one I'd recommend in the English version.